Spring is just around the corner. Soon, the daffodils and cherry blossoms will bloom and young men’s thoughts will turn to love. Some, though, will think of poke. I’m one not of them, but I’m sure some people are ready to pick poke or whatever it is you do to harvest it.
Some of you ask: What the cuss is he talking about it? What is poke? I’ve written about it before. Read this. It will tell you all you need to know.
If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I grew up in Harlan County, Kentucky–the very heart of Appalachia. We like poke so much that we have an annual festival in its honor.
When I originally wrote about poke, I drew some mild rebukes for my perceived criticism. Well-meaning folks told me that I was misguided. It has caused me to reconsider my views.
My mother was a home economics teacher, and she taught me more than a little bit about cooking. I have now applied these skills to the issue of poke. Rather than dismiss this weed as foul and unpalatable, perhaps I should find a way to create my own culinary masterpiece. Thus, I present the perfect poke recipe.
First, you’ll need a mess of poke. How much is a mess? One pokeful should be sufficient. You’ll also need a pot of water, a raw onion and vinegar. A double sink would also be helpful.
Thoroughly wash poke in cold water-or don’t. It doesn’t really matter.
Much like marijuana, remove all stems. In fact, smoking some of it while you cook may not be a bad idea.
Bring water to boil.
Place poke in boiling water. You may also place poke in which poke is gathered into boiling water for added flavor.
When poke reaches a consistency somewhere between algae and human baby excrement, it may be done. The smell should also approximate algae and/or fecal matter.
Drain poke in colander.
Look at poke. Vomit in poke-tainted side of sink (This is where the double sink is important. You do not want poke vomit in part of sink where dishes may be placed).
CAUTION: DO NOT LEAVE PREPARED POKE WITHIN REACH OF CHILDREN OR PETS, LEST ACCIDENTAL INGESTION TAKE PLACE. IN THAT EVENT, NATURAL GAG REFLEX SHOULD INDUCE IMMEDIATE VOMITING. IF NOT, FEED VICTIM MORE POKE.
Open window and throw poke water into yard. WARNING: Poke water may contaminate ground water supplies or result in the actual growing of poke. The author disclaims any responsibility for roaming hill jacks picking poke in your yard.
Place prepared poke in toilet. Flush repeatedly until all contents are expelled. In cooking, this is known as “eliminating the middle man.” In this case, the “middle man” is your digestive system.
Eat raw onion washed down with tall glass of vinegar in effort to erase memory of poke cooking.
So, there you have it. Bon apetit!